Biologist, Award-winning Writer E. O. Wilson to Give 2009 Distinguished Lecture


Today marks the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. As Case Western Reserve University continues its yearlong celebration of his legacy, the campus community is invited to hear the man considered to be the "father of the modern environmental movement" share his own unique observations about Darwin.

Legendary biologist E. O. Wilson from Harvard University has been invited to give Case Western Reserve University's 2009 Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, at Severance Hall. This event is free and open to the public through the generous support of Drs. Jeanette Grasselli Brown and Glenn R. Brown. Additional funding is provided by the Office of the Provost and the College Scholars Program. Read more.

Engineers Week Is Off and Running Beginning
Sunday, February 15

Whoever said engineers don't know how to have fun?


Engineers Week at Case Western Reserve University takes off at a sprinter's pace with its own Fun Run. Known as the Pi Mile Run, it is an annual race of approximately 3.14 miles (3.14 is also the numerical value of pi), or five kilometers, designed to benefit Engineers Without Borders, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help developing areas worldwide with their engineering needs.

The race, sponsored by Tau Beta Pi, local chapter of the national engineering honor society at the Case School of Engineering, is set to start at 10 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 15.

Engineers Week, which runs from Sunday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 21, is designed to raise public understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society. Founded in 1951, it is among the oldest of America's professional outreach efforts. All of the Case School of Engineering programs are designed to inspire current and future generations of engineering talent. Read more.

Campus News

The Pre-Dental Society is collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss for local elementary school children. Contact Saleh Al-Kharsa for details.

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) invites students and faculty to stop by the WRC open house from 6 to 7 p.m. this evening in Bellflower Hall, Room 104. Attendees can mingle with other students, faculty and WRC staff while enjoying beverages, snacks, games and prizes.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14. Attendees will have an opportunity to speak to faculty, admissions counselors, financial aid representatives and students. Learn more.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources will continue to host supervisory briefing sessions throughout the semester. The next session will focus on "Managing a Diverse Workforce" from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Biomedical Research Building, Frohring Auditorium. Erica Merritt, director of employee education, training and development, will facilitate the discussion.

For Students

Students who traveled to El Salvador and Bangladesh as part of the Mandel School of Applied Social Science's study abroad program will host a panel discussion from 12:50 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Mandel School, Room 325.  Hear about their experiences and learn more about upcoming study abroad courses.

The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is hosting a discussion on "Sex and Love: What You Need to Know" at 9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Fribley Fireside. Students can learn about medical and support resources available on campus, and will have an opportunity to discuss relationship topics. Learn more.

Volunteer opportunities are available for students interested in tutoring and mentoring John Hay and Cleveland School of the Arts high school students. Volunteers will provide free tutoring in ACT exam preparation and other school subjects. The commitment is one to two hours a week from February to April. If interested, send an e-mail to


The University Community Hour is scheduled every Friday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. during the academic year. Several events are taking place this Friday, Feb. 13. View the spring semester schedule.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

Data Center Renovations

As part of the renovations to the Case Western Reserve data centers, Information Technology Services will institute Fiber Backbone Panel Relocations in Crawford Data Center. The final phases of the data center renovation project involve moving individual data servers, which may result in periodic planned outages for some information technology services. Server and application administrators will alert affected users. 

Services affected by the moves during the next several days include:

Services through Friday, Feb. 13

Reroute current backbone connections through new medical school to KSL backbone fiber in order to bypass Crawford Hall.

  • Redundant links from Distribution Hubs to Core1 being rerouted (no impact)

Monday, Feb. 16

  • E-mail (Delivery) / Should remain online
  • Oracle Databases (ERP and DataWarehouse) / Limited Functionality

Other services:

Relocation of Medical School to Crawford Hall Backbone Fiber from 2 to 6 a.m.:

  • No impact, (backbone connections have been rerouted previously)

Tuesday, Feb. 17

Relocation of Core 0 within Crawford Data Center from 2 to 6 a.m.:

  • Minimal Impact to network services (Multi-Cast video traffic not available).

Read more for a complete schedule of planned services.

February 12, 2009

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Password Change

All passwords more than a year old will expire at 11:59 p.m. tonight for network users at Case Western Reserve University. Password change affects any application that uses the Case Network ID for authentication, such as e-mail accounts, the Student Information System, and ERP and HCM applications, as well as access to the VPN and some library resources. The policy for password changes does not apply to alumni accounts.

RecycleMania Update


Week One: In the per capita recycling category, Case Western Reserve ranked 164th out of 217 schools, recycling 0.69 pounds of recyclable materials per person. In the waste minimization category, the university ranked 32nd of 121 participating schools, with 3.59 pounds of waste (which includes recycling materials and garbage) per person. Week Two: Case Western Reserve showed a doubling of per capita recycling weight to 1.47 pounds per person.  In the waste minimization category, data shows a slight increase to 5.64 pounds per person. Learn more about the RecycleMania competition.

Case in the News

Case Western Reserve prof Marixa Lasso survives another immigration tangle

The Plain Dealer, Feb. 11, 2009
Marixa Lasso, a popular assistant professor of history at Case Western Reserve University who was the subject of a letter-writing campaign last year when U.S. officials wouldn't let her enter the country from Panama, has survived another immigration tangle.

Central Ohio watch

The Columbus Dispatch, Feb. 10, 2009
As a student office assistant to the president of Case Western Reserve University, Kevin Herring answers the telephone, files papers, greets visitors and helps with scheduling. A member of the basketball team, Herring works two to three days a week for President Barbara R. Snyder, and he usually can't wait to get to work.

Fifteen inductees to National Inventors Hall of Fame have ties to basic computer chips

The Associated Press (reprinted in The Chicago Tribune), Feb. 10, 2009
Larry J. Hornbeck, Ph.D. (CIT '65, GRS '68, '74), is among 15 new members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He is being inducted for his work on a digital micro mirror device, or DMD, which is an array of extremely small mirrors linked to a silicon chip.

Cleveland: ODOT hopes to reopen all lanes on Innerbelt Bridge, Feb. 12, 2009
The State of Ohio wants to eventually have all lanes of the Innerbelt Bridge along with all currently closed ramps reopened to traffic. In October 2008, ODOT restricted traffic on the Innerbelt Bridge after inspections revealed that a number of the steel support beams on the 50-year-old bridge were aging faster than expected. Case Western Reserve University experts were consulted on the project.

Northeast Ohio institutions commit $16 million to venture investments

Crain's Cleveland Business, Feb. 6, 2009
A coalition of regional institutions announced that it has committed $16 million to create the NEO Capital Fund. A total of 13 organizations invested in the fund, including Case Western Reserve University.

Untold stories of the heart: One woman's experience with heart disease, Feb. 11, 2009
In an effort to put a human face on the subject of heart disease among women, researchers at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University asked campus community members to write essays to share their "Untold Stories of the Heart." Read Tonia Primm's story.

Higher Ed News

Early decision and the adolescent brain

Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 12, 2009
The National Association for College Admission Counseling is releasing a report today focusing on the differing rates at which adolescents mature. The study suggests that many high schoolers are unlikely to have the maturity to make an early college choice—or to make the academic choices in high school that set them on a path to finding a good match for college.